Questions You Need to Ask (and the answers) When we are in pain and seek relief we usually do not question the doctor’s advice. We usually take the prescribed drugs or medications as dutifully as a well-trained dog. Patients are paying the price for this blind allegiance resulting in serious side effects—dangerous for some. Read the warnings
Everyday there are advertisements broadcast on television about the serious side effects of some prescribed drugs that make many wonder if they would be better off without that drug ingested into their bodies. And there are other advertisements advocating lawsuits or settlements against drug manufacturers for the ailments attributed to so many drugs and implants.
When was the last time we actually read the warnings on the labels of the drugs we are told to take? Do we question the doctor or ask to know the side effects before getting a prescription filled, or before buying over the counter (OTC) medicines at the pharmacy or at the grocery store?
Take a closer look at some of the more common drugs available. Pain relievers and fever reducers such as Tylenol and NyQuil contain Acetaminophen; one of the same ingredients as more powerful prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. Acetaminophen is the most common cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. and causes three times as many liver failures as all other prescription and oral OTC drugs, combined.
Advil and Motrin, among others, contain the anti-inflammatory drug Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is meant to manage pain, fever, and reduce inflammation, but also can have side effects such as dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, and rash, ringing in the ears, and heartburn. Ibuprofen can also cause abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. Stomach or intestine ulceration and internal bleeding can also occur without warning or abdominal pain. Ibuprofen reduces the blood flow and inhibits the function of the kidneys while water retention and kidney impairment are also possible.
In the OTC pill-form drug Aleve as well as prescription drugs Anaprox and Naprosyn is Naproxen, a drug manufactured to treat moderate to severe pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, menstrual cramps and other discomforts. However, heart or circulation problems can increase including the risk of stroke or heart attack the longer the drug Naproxen is ingested into the body. Naproxen has been linked to Pseudoporphyria, a photo-sensitive skin condition that causes fragile skin, blisters, hyperpigmentation, and sores that are slow to heal.
Patients experiencing pain or with skin conditions should be aware of these and other side effects before helping themselves to the abundant oral drugs available to them with or without a doctor’s prescription. The human body is an organism, and anything but food and water can be regarded as a toxin to the organism. Even red meat is regarded by some to be toxic to the body. So what is the alternative to drugs and synthetics to provide relief?
Topical drug versus supplement pills
Just like vitamins, because something comes in pill or tablet form doesn’t mean it is a drug. Over the counter drugs can include topical lotions, creams and oils. For example, Blue Spring’s supplements are in pill form and are herbal and sometimes homeopathic but are not classified as OTC drugs. Blue Spring’s topical (oils and lotions) are over the counter drugs and meet or exceed U.S. government specifications for OTC drugs. But the topically applied OTC drugs from Blue Spring do not have ingredients like those mentioned earlier.
Not all herbal remedies are classified as drugs within the specifications of government agencies established to protect consumers. Therefore, it is important to know which products meet the classifications as a drug or are supplements.
Safe natural herbal alternatives relieve pain and treat skin conditions Many people are looking for safe, natural alternatives to relieve joint pain, arthritis pain, muscle pain, backaches, sprains, strains, bruises, and pain from headaches. And they are finding the answer with herbal and homeopathic remedies that also provide facial care, body care, hair care, and foot care. These supplements also deliver healthy tanning, youthful skin, and reduced wrinkling, age spots, liver spots, and sun spots all without toxic affects to the body. These remedies are derived from natural ingredients and the testimonials of the results speak for themselves. With no risk and complete (or near-complete) pain relief reported, is it any wonder that more people are using herbal and homeopathic supplements, as well as topical creams, and oils to treat their bodies without the harmful side effects associated with powerful and unnatural toxic drugs?
As more people gain a better understanding of how they can use natural healthy body products and pain relief products derived from natural ingredients (like emu oil for the skin), the likelihood that more of these types of supplements and herbal remedies will become available on the market.